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Help! Bahama shutter color looks horrible!

Sofia Shan
hace 8 meses
última modificación:hace 8 meses

At the tail end of my build and was really looking forward to seeing how the Bahama shutters would look. Originally I signed off on the color Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. The corbels on the house are Iron Ore (as will be the front door eventually). My builder said since the shutters were aluminum he couldn't paint them Iron Ore because of something about "negative electrons" etc...So he had me pick from a deck of samples of just your typical black, bronze (looked brown), gray, green. He thought black would look best. I relayed my worry about it looking too stark but again they said it couldn't be painted. Well black it was and now they were recently installed. They look horrible and harsh especially comparing them to the iron ore color of the corbels (which are a bit dusty and need to be cleaned). I feel horrible and don't know what to do. Is this "negative electron" thing legit? What can I do??? Thanks for all your help!



Comentarios (13)

  • PRO
    Patricia Colwell Consulting
    hace 8 meses

    I am not much help I think bahama shutters always look terrible and they block so much light inside. I am wondering if they are a necessity where you live? What is the reason for them?

  • Sofia Shan
    Autor original
    hace 8 meses

    It's supposed to be British West Indies architecture and also hurricane protection

  • Barbara Davis
    hace 8 meses

    Beautiful house, remove the shutters. I bet that you can resell them.

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    Anna Rodé Designs, Inc.
    hace 7 meses

    Agreed🤦‍♀️

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    Beth H. :
    hace 7 meses
    Última modificación: hace 7 meses

    I don't think the color is bad at all. But I really don't like them on the windows. (perhaps just remove the upper 3 and leave the lower ones? or are all of the windows getting them? Must really cut down on the light in your house)

    I'd remove them and cut your losses. but if you feel you must have them, they can be sprayed by anyone who powder coats metal (or, look into an anodized paint redo. that's what they do for aluminum.)

    Aluminum surfaces have a layer of aluminum oxide that must be removed before powder coating will adhere to the aluminum. Aluminum is generally smooth and may be slightly roughened prior to powder coating. ... The abrasive material that has been used successfully is aluminum/magnesium silicate.

    https://www.saf.com/how-to-specify/how-to-decide-between-anodizing-painting-and-powder-coating/

  • cat_ky
    hace 7 meses

    Agree with Beth, the color isnt bad at all, it actually goes just fine. Its the shutters themselves. Are they really necessary where you live? I dont like them on the windows either.

  • hazelcraddock
    hace 7 meses

    I was going to suggest that you open the shutters more fully as in the photo below. However, I got this off the internet "These shutters have been used predominantly in hurricane plagued areas and Caribbean homes in protection from the intense heat and allowing draughts to pass through a home. Aluminum shutters do not offer major wind protection and you can only open it partially or fully closed." If in your budget perhaps sell those on your house and replace with paintable wood shutters.

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    BeverlyFLADeziner
    hace 7 meses

    You really set the tone when you selected a dark roof for this home. Really black in a tropical climate??? what were you thinking??


    I'm assuming code required you to have hurricane rated windows,...............so what is the purpose of having full height Bahama shutters? Replace them with shorter ones for decoration.


    Here are some recent homes in my neighborhood that could provide some inspiration.





    Sofia Shan agradeció a BeverlyFLADeziner
  • Denita
    hace 7 meses

    @hazelcraddock - I would wager that the OP's shutters are up to the hurricane codes - if s/he is located in a hurricane area. I know that they are available to withstand winds up to 185 mph. If the OP doesn't like the color - then I agree, take them to a pro to get painted to match the Iron Ore.

    However, before doing anything - get the landscaping in. Right now you are just finishing up the construction and without landscaping the house colors appear stark. With the right landscaping, it will change the entire tone of your home's appearance.

    Sofia Shan agradeció a Denita
  • hazelcraddock
    hace 7 meses

    I didn't read it that way. It seemed to me that it said they were suitable for hurricanes when closed but not as good for non hurricane high winds when open and that is why they could only be partially opened - they only had two settings in the article. Wooden shutters were shown open to many different degrees. But you are probably correct as I don't live in the Caribbean and don't actually know.

  • Denita
    hace 7 meses
    Última modificación: hace 7 meses

    I'm in S Florida about 88 miles (oops, just a little further than I remembered!) as the crow flies from the Bahamas and we do have Bahama shutters available here as an option for hurricane protection. None of the shutters work if they are open (Bahama type, accordion type, panel type etc) except maybe impact windows for their rated strength. The good thing about Bahama shutters (full size to cover the window) is that they are very easy to close and only take a few minutes when a hurricane is on its way. The not so good thing is that it does reduce sunlight/visibility. I still don't know if the OP is in a hurricane zone or not. It may not be something she needs to worry about.

    Sofia Shan agradeció a Denita
  • Ginger Lines
    el último mes
    Última modificación: el último mes

    Not ideal, but you can't re-roof any time soon, I imagine. You can still head in the direction of something more appropriate to a tropical location by painting house a pastel to offset the roof color. White is good too, but I'm just thinking to offset the dark. That's if you,re in the hot south.

    Oterwise, you have all those beautiful forest green shutters and window boxes of red geraniums,, window trims, etc to mix with brasses and coppers.

    I agree with you and others who don't don't like the look as these are now.. Looks like mourning to me, but I'm not up north where dark can be appropriate. ( I must be neighbor to an earlier respondent as I'm also about 70 miles from West end Bahamas, so we do see a good many Bahama shutters and coastal-style houses here in S Fla.). Your windows are wonderful and long - so good for cross breezes, so the shutters you have are a little longer than I'm used to seeing. Since you have them, unless you can return, at least take a stab at painting one or two. Have done professionally, if you like the result, but only if you really, really like it cause why live in your very beautirul new home with something you'll feel unsettleed about.

    Archetect should help you. You paid enough to him of her to be due at least a little advice after the fact. Window trim paint colors may give you the accent you need.

    Good luck. I know how it is to have your heart set on something.. Its a bummer theres no way to see in advance. True of so many things.

    You have a hone to be proud of. Good job. Now, this one headache. You'll see it through.

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